June 2011

Greetings from the MoonHouse in lovely south Austin, Texas

You may notice that the newsletter is a bit late this month.  Events converged at the moment we had planned to create this, so the back burner began to fill up with more than Chris' delectable roasted red pepper pasta sauce.  Not too heavy of a performance schedule this month, but we'll be busy as bees in the studio and with Christine's non-profit work.  Speaking of which...drum roll...........

Christine was recently elected Vice Chair of the National Board of Trustees of The Recording Academy.  She was terming out after four years as a Trustee, decided to step up instead of down, and is now just the second woman in the organization's 54 year history to hold a national office.  Los Angeles will continue to be a home away from home for Madame Vice Chair.  Congratulations, Grammy Lady! 

The grandchild we have been awaiting is now 12 days "overdue".  His schedule is pretty clear when he arrives so he's not really going to be late for anything - take your time Brody!  His mom, on the other hand, is not thrilled with his leisurely pace but perhaps it indicates a "chill" personality, which can be a very good thing.

Chris's hometown of Pierre, South Dakota and its neighbor across the Missouri, Ft. Pierre, are experiencing an unprecedented release of water through the spillway around Oahe Dam, forcing residents to evacuate and prepare for flooding.  Our hearts are with them.  You'll notice that our July concert in Pierre is at Oahe Speedway, which is on high ground and not in danger.  We wish we could be there now to help with the efforts but hope that bringing our music to the community next month will lift their spirits. 

We get to stay home and harvest / eat homegrown tomatoes this month but will put several thousand miles on the truck in July on a swing through South Dakota, Chicago and Arkansas.  Red Willow Band reunites in Sturgis and Pierre, where Albert and Gage will also be joining them.  David Carroll flies up to play bass with us in Dell Rapids and Watertown, SD with his fancy new collapsible bass

2 videos added to Red Willow Band youtube channel!

"Finally Hit Bottom"
SD Public Broadcasting 2006

"Tailspin"
Illinois Public Broadcasting 1980

If you missed it...Chris' "Monday Night at Donn's Depot" got a very nice review in the Austin American Statesman recently.  Read it online here.  Christine wrote a cover story about Donn's for The Austin Chronicle several years ago.  Read it online here.  Visit the Donn's Depot webpage here.  Visit our website to learn more, see more videos, listen to song samples and take the most recent photo tours

           

MoonHouse Records  Michael Austin is alive and well.  If you haven't heard the CD that he and Chris made together, you owe it to yourself to check it out.  Michael croons, plays the clarinet like a mad man, writes ingenious songs and prose, lives in a dead RV out by Bastrop, Texas, and loves his mother.  His new website is under construction at michaelaustin.biz and new songs are forthcoming. In the meantime, you've got to hear "Sichazz Down". 
MoonHouse Studio  Jenny Gillespie from Amarillo has been bringing her son and a friend into the studio to record their original music with Chris.  These are salt of the earth bull ridin' teenagers with a cheek full of chew and songs about strippers and Patron.  Chan Chandler has a batch of new songs to record, Sarah Smith returns to finish her debut album and Tony Airoldi is next in the queue for some killer overdubs on his new project.  Click here to view information about "South Austin Sweetening", Chris' long distance, online overdub and production company.  moonhousestudio.com 
Buskers - A Film by Chris Gage  The latest short film is a collection of street musicians filmed during travels in the US and abroad.  There's a young gymnast on the streets of Memphis, "Ave Maria" performed on the streets of Dresden by a classical trio, an incredible duo of violin and piano performed by marionettes in Galway, Ireland and a blues singing dog.  Watch the Buskers video here.


"Gruene Boots"
Photo by Chris Gage


June 2011
Full show schedule online here.
Dates, venues and times have been known to change.  Please call or check the venue's website to confirm.

Mon. Jun 6 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336    
     Visit the "Monday Night at Donn's Depot" photo page
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Wed. Jun 8 Artz Rib House - Austin, TX
      "2nd Wednesday at Artz with Christine Albert" 
7:30-9:30 pm
Sat. Jun 11 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Rockport, TX - www.jerryjeff.com  
Sat. Jun 11 Christine plays private event  
Mon. Jun 13 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
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Fri. Jun 17 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Private show in Maine - www.jerryjeff.com  
Sat. Jun 18 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX        Albert and Gage Band  
     (with David Carroll and Paul Pearcy) 
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
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Mon. Jun 20 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
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Mon. Jun 27 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336
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"Wings of War"

"Dakota Lullaby"

"When You're Away"

"Malaguena"

Dakota Lullaby CD

Dakota Lullaby
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Jerry Jeff Walker
video by Chris

Jerry Jeff Walker
Moonchild CD

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Swan Songs fulfills musical wishes at the end of life.  Concerts are offered free of charge by request, and there have been some very profound moments.  Click here to view Jim Swift's story about Swan Songs that appeared on KXAN News in Austin on September 30, 2010.  To learn more or donate visit swansongs.org

Coming up!!  A special fundraiser for Swan Songs with the legendary Jerry Jeff Walker on October 19th in Austin, Texas.  Save the date and more info to follow!!!!

Watch for a film called "OK Buckaroos" about Jerry Jeff Walker's life.  Chris Gage will be featured in live concert and studio footage, and they even used some of our Belize camcorder footage. Click the pics above to watch a movie trailer or a music video from the studio.  The mandolin player in the music vid is Jimmy Ibbotson from the original Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. 

Coming up!   More shows and more details at our website

July 9 Red Willow Band at The Knuckle  / Sturgis, SD
July 10 Red Willow Band and Albert and Gage at The Oahe Speedway / Pierre, SD
July 12 Albert and Gage at The Grand Opera House - Dell Rapids, SD
July 14 Albert and Gage in Watertown, SD - City Park - Lake Kampeska  
July 16 Albert and Gage appearing on Folk Stage / Chicago, Illinois
July 17 Albert and Gage at The Woodstock Folk Festival / Woodstock, Illinois
July 19 Albert and Gage at Good Folk Concerts - Fayetteville, AR

A note from Christine:    
    
Well last month's note was all about Brody's arrival, which as you can see by the entry above we are still anticipating.  The good news is we'll be in town!  He didn't come while I was in California or while we were in Lubbock.  He just wanted to make sure our schedule was clear to adore him properly.
    
When I arrived home from the Trustee meeting in LA I went straight to the hospital where Chris's mom had been admitted earlier that day.  She is back home at the wonderful facility where she lives now, but those four days living in a recliner by her side were the ultimate lesson in being in the moment.  Alzheimer's adds another dimension to the already significant challenges of being in a hospital at age 86.  This experience reminds me so much of caring for a baby - they don't always understand what's happening around them and to them and words don't necessarily make sense either.  So, it becomes your eyes, the touch of your hand, a calming energy in your voice and presence that can turn the tide.  I have to admit there were times that my frustration took over and I would have to leave the room to breathe deep or call someone for support.  Again, not unlike being a mother! 
     For profound and poetic insight into living with Alzheimer's I strongly recommend two books written by Thomas DeBaggio; diagnosed at 57 he articulated what was happening to him as well as anyone possibly could.  I learned so much from his books - as a writer, a family impacted by Alzheimer's, a gardener and a person with a heart.  Thank you Thomas. RIP.      

     Love,  Christine

  And a blurb from Chris:
     Christine surprised me on our anniversary with a new camera instead of dragging me to a B and B like she'd suggested.  A pleasant surprise, to say the least, and we still had time to visit Mom and hit a wine tasting at Duchman's Winery in the hill country.  The shot of the vintage cowboy boots in this newsletter is one of my very first practice shots.  As I learn the workings of the Canon SX30 I'll be sharing images from our travels.  Recent photo tours can be found at albertandgage.com/tourphotos.  
     The studio has gotten busy again after a slow spell.  I have to remember that self employment is a rollercoaster ride, and sometimes you're just screaming downhill, only to drag yourself back up.  One thing that sustains my positive business outlook is that the calendar pages in the past are always more filled in than the ones in the future.  Somehow, someway, the phone always seems to ring at the right time and there's work to be done.  Right now I'm in the middle of several album projects at MoonHouse Studio and have a couple long running projects that will keep me busy for months to come.  Can you say "whew...."? 
     I'm worried about my home town.  The Oahe Dam is a rolled earth dam 2 miles across, about 10 miles upriver from Pierre and Ft. Pierre.  I've seen frightening photographs of the violent water being released from the emergency spillway where we used to shoot fireworks and dare each other to dive in from great heights, always keeping an eye out for the Park Ranger.  Let's hope the creek don't rise too high this time.  Hang in there, Lonnie!
     See you at the gig (I hope).
     Chris

               
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The TCA provides grants to arts presenters, schools, libraries, theaters and other non-profits throughout Texas to help with the cost of bringing in artists from the roster.

A reminder that Christine Albert's French Show has been approved for inclusion on the new Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Texas Touring Roster for the Sept 2010 - August 2012 season.  So, if you know of a school, non-profit arts organization (grants are not available for fundraising events), etc that would like to host Ms. Albert's French Show, please keep this in mind.  The next deadline for Arts Respond Performance Support Grants is August 1, 2011 for performances Sept 1 - Dec 14, 2011. (Insider tip - you can also apply for funding for an A&G show through Christine's account, since Christine is the Albert in Albert and Gage!)

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